Boucher and Elgar praise ‘superstar’ Marco Jansen: ‘What a find we have’

  • Coach Mark Boucher and skipper Dean Elgar praised the Proteas’ new find with the introduction of 21-year-old Marco Jansen.
  • In his first Test series, Jansen played with the ball as he made three consecutive four-wicket runs in each Test – ending as the second-highest wicket-taker on the tour.
  • Elgar added that the left-arm all-rounder’s career is on the rise, with Jansen looking to maintain his newfound superstar status.

Proteas coach Mark Boucher and captain Dean Elgar couldn’t help but marvel at newcomer Marco Jansen after his glittering Test tour debut against India.

Warriors all-rounder Jansen made his first international impression when he was snapped up by the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League last year.

The 21-year-old then had great performances in the 4-day franchise series and then with South Africa ‘A’ against India ‘A’ in Bloemfontein.

Jansen was selected due to Duanne Olivier’s recovery and made his Proteas debut in last month’s first test at Centurion, taking 1/69 and 4/55.

At the Wanderers, he helped steer South Africa to a level series victory winning 4/31 and 3/67 against India.

With all eyes on his left arm, Jansen continued his impressive form in the decisive test at Newlands and finished with 3/55 and his third consecutive four-wicket run (4/36).

South Africa went on to win the three-match Test series 2-1 with a clinical seven-wicket victory against world number one Test team Cape Town.

Jansen, who became just the sixth South African left-arm setter to play Test cricket since 1992, was the second-best wicket-taker in the Test series with 19, just one wicket less than leader Kagiso Rabada (20).

Following the Proteas’ triumph at Newlands, Boucher hailed Jansen’s selection, saying the Proteas had found a new superstar.

“A lot of people questioned his selection in the first test. As coaches, we sit there and have conversations about certain players. We saw what he had in Pakistan and he was also with us at the West Indies,” Boucher told reporters on Friday. .

“It was only a matter of time before he arrived. We can see the skills he has and that’s also a hard variation to find in cricket these days.

“He didn’t start very well, the media jumped on him a bit, which I thought was quite unfair. After that first day, we and everyone look at him and say, ‘What a find we had in another addition to our bowling attack”.

“At 21, he still has a lot of cricket to learn. We’ve seen great signs with batting because we’ve found a superstar in him and at such a young age,” the former United wicket-beater continued. Proteas.

“He’s only going to get better and that bodes well for the Proteas team.”

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While his bowling did most of the talking, Jansen didn’t shy away from the competitive Indian team as he was caught in a few words with Jasprit Bumrah, forcing the referee to intervene at Wanderers.

Jansen’s fiery side is welcome in an inexperienced Proteas team and one in which skipper Elgar praised the left-arm paceman attitude in the setup.

“I have to say the first set of Tests and it’s against India can be a bit daunting for a guy and he tends to function a bit mature. He’s only 21 but I’d like to think , the way he behaves on the pitch,” Elgar told reporters on Friday.

“The way he speaks and communicates with me is that of someone who has played quite a bit of Test, which is a great attribute to have as a young player. He’s also a great team man as he will always be there to laugh with the boys.

“I don’t think he takes himself too seriously, which is also a nice tick in the box for him, but I would like to think Plankie will have a bright future for South Africa.”

Elgar says he can only see Jansen’s fledgling career soar and hopes he understands his new career trajectory.

“With the attributes and the strengths that he has, obviously being tall, and he can play 135 km/h and he can also play a lot faster than that, which is a huge strength for him,” Elgar said.

“I think his bounce, his presence and his intimidation that he brings without saying a word is a huge strength for him.

“I see him going in one direction and that’s good and I hope he understands that and respects what he’s achieved throughout the Test series. His career has gone down in a massive way. He was brilliant for us.”

Meanwhile, Jansen will remain in the Cape Town bubble as he looks to make his ODI debut in the three-game ODI series.

The first ODI is scheduled for Wednesday at Boland Park in Paarl (10.30am).

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